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Former Houston Anchor Joins Austin’s KEYE

622x350Adela Uchida, a former anchor at ABC-owned KTRK in Houston, announced she’s taken a job at Austin CBS affiliate KEYE. The Houston Chronicle reports Uchida will be an anchor/reporter at the station, starting next month.

Uchida was a weekend anchor at KTRK until her departure earlier this year. She reported for a Houston all-news radio station until October, when the station folded and the entire staff was fired.

Uchida told Houston media blogger Mike McGuff the new gig will be a great fit for her daughter. “This keeps us within driving distance of her dad, which was extremely important to me to keep their relationship solid.”

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Meteorologist Justin Stapleton Joining KPRC

JustinStapleton1Houston NBC affiliate KPRC has announced the addition of meteorologist Justin Stapleton to its weather team. Stapleton comes from ABC affiliate KEZI in Eugene, Ore., where he was chief meteorologist.

“I’ve always had a fascination with hurricanes and tropical storms,” Stapleton told media blogger Mike McGuff. “That’s one of the draws to KPRC and Houston, an opportunity to forecast storms when they get into the Gulf and to be out in the field reporting when severe weather hits…”

Prior to KEZI, Stapleton worked at WCBI in Columbus, Miss., as a morning meteorologist.

He begins his new position at KPRC early next year.

Concerned Residents Return FOX Houston Station’s Stolen Laptop

Two Houston residents found and returned a laptop that was stolen from a KRIV news truck.

The KRIV crew was covering a protest in Houston’s historic Freedmen’s town when someone broke the rear window of their news truck and took the laptop.

“I was very concerned about it,” Gladys House told KRIV reporter Randy Wallace. “Fox 26 has always been a supporter of our cause and our community.”

The two women put the word out on the street and found the two drug addicts who stole our lap top.

“I had to make something happen and I did,” Johnson said.

No one in the newsroom could believe what these two strong willed women did for us including our boss Bob Morford.

It was an act of kindness our boss hopes to someday return to the Freedmen’s Town Preservation Coalition.

Reporter Chauncy Glover Leaving Detroit for Houston

Chauncy-Glover1Chauncy Glover is leaving WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit, for ABC owned station KTRK in Houston. Glover has worked as a reporter and anchor at WDIV since December 2011.

In an internal email obtained by TVSpy, WDIV news director Kim Voet shared the news of Glover’s departure with her staff:

During his time here Chauncy definitely made an impact. He immediately developed key sources which helped him enterprise stories. Chauncy also covered a couple of key national events for us: the Sandy Hook shootings, and the Cleveland kidnappings. He also won his first Emmy awards during his time here. Please join me in wishing Chauncy well as he heads to Houston.

Glover will be an anchor/reporter at KTRK. His last day at WDIV is December 22.

Former Chicago FOX EP Hired as One of Two Assistant NDs at KTRK

KTRKHouston ABC owned station KTRK has added two assistant news directors. One will work on the digital side, while the other will concentrate on traditional broadcast.

KTRK news director Wendy Granato confirmed with TVSpy what Houston media blogger Mike McGuff first reported: Rehan Aslam, formerly executive producer of FOX owned WFLD in Chicago, is the new broadcast Assistant ND while managing editor Chris Hanson will work the digital side.

Granato also confirmed Rick Bagley is the new nightside executive producer. Bagley was news director at KFSM in Fort Smith-Faytteville, Ark.

Anchor Courtney Zavala Leaving KPRC

Courtney_Zavala1Houston NBC affiliate KPRC is saying goodbye to one of its longtime weekend morning anchors: Courtney Zavala. Zavala told media blogger Mike McGuff that her contract was up and the station offered her another, but she declined.

“It’s time for me to bow out gracefully and go out the way I want to go out instead of them telling me it’s time to leave,” Zavala told McGuff. “It was not an easy decision, it was several months in the making.”

Zavala said she’s looking forward to spending time with her husband and sons and has no immediate career plans ahead of her.

“I feel like I missed so much of my family life, that I’m just ready to be present,” Zavala told McGuff.

Zavala has worked at KPRC since 2003. Prior to that, she was a fill-in anchor/reporter at KSTU, the FOX affiliate in Salt Lake City.

KTRK Sports Reporter Recounts 3-Year-Old Daughter’s Near Drowning

NunoKTRK sports reporter David Nuno says “I thought I failed as a parent” when he remembers the day last summer when his three-year-old daughter nearly drowned. At a neighbor’s pool party, he was talking to his son when he heard screams. “Oh my God! The baby! And we look at the pool and Anneliese is floating at the top of the pool,” David said.

In a story that aired on the Houston ABC-owned station, Nuno and his wife told the story, and urged parents to learn CPR, which they credit with saving their daughter’s life–Nuno didn’t know it that day, but a neighbor did, and revived Anneliese. “My wife said it best – that will never happen to us. That will never happen to us,” Nuno said. “Do whatever you needed to do to save your child.”
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KTRK Shooting Suspect Found Not Guilty

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Back in March, we reported on a shooting at KTRK, the ABC-owned station in Houston.

Employees at the station told CBS affiliate KHOU that they saw a car parked outside the station on the morning of March 27, with a woman inside it videotaping the building on her cellphone.

Just after 9:00 a.m., the woman fired four shots into four cars in the parking lot and another five shots into an upstairs office window. Fortunately, no employees were injured during the attack. The suspect then led officers on a short chase before she was taken into custody. Police later found a semi-automatic handgun with a capacity of 12 rounds in her car.

KTRK now reports that the suspect, Michelle Monique Burks, has been found not guilty by reason of insanity. She was charged with deadly conduct and evading arrest. Burks will be committed to a state mental institution.

Veteran KTRK Anchor Dave Ward Cutting Back on Newscasts in 2015

dave wardLongtime KTRK anchor Dave Ward is stepping down from his 10:00 p.m. anchor duties at the end of the year. According to the Houston Business Journal, Ward, who has been with the ABC-owned station for 48 years, will continue anchoring the 6:00 p.m. newscasts in 2015, with occasional appearances at 10:00 p.m. for special reports.

This change doesn’t come as a huge surprise, as Ward has had some health problems as of late. We reported back in March of his shoulder surgery, which kept him away from the anchor desk for three weeks. In May 2012, Ward was out for more than a month after breaking his hip in a fall, minutes before a newscast. Despite these injuries, Ward always managed to get back on his feet, and back to work.

In a statement, Ward assured his loyal viewers that he’s not going away entirely:

“You have invited me into your hearts and into your homes, you have trusted me with the day’s news, and I have trusted you to be there, and you have been, for almost 48 years. I am honored and humbled to still be doing the work I love, anchoring ABC-13 Eyewitness News. So let’s be clear — I’m not going anywhere! I’m just going to go home a little earlier, that’s all.”

Ward will anchor his last 10:00 p.m. newscast on December 23.

Reporter Angela Chen Joins KTRK

Angela-ChenWe recently wrote about reporter Jessica Holloway leaving Houston’s KTRK (and TV news altogether) to work for Harris County tax assessor-collector Mike Sullivan.

Well, now we have word on who will be replacing Holloway at the ABC-owned station: reporter Angela Chen. According to Houston media blogger Mike McGuff, Chen has been working at Reno ABC affiliate KOLO for the past year as a morning reporter/fill-in anchor. Before that, she worked at CW affiliate XETV in San Diego as a freelance reporter.

Chen has an impressive resume: she’s fluent in Mandarin, has an undergraduate degree from UC San Diego and a master’s from Columbia. Chen has also been a freelance contributor at The New York Times for the past two years.

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